Martin’s Downtown | 214 State Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 39201
- Date(s): Sat, Jun 11
- Time: 10:00 pm
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/7184019391639625/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D
Grady Spencer & The Works Live at Martin’s Downtown
June 11 | Doors 9 pm | Presented by Rybolt Productions
Born in Lubbock and raised in the country outside of a town called Paducah, Grady Spencer’s roots dig deep into Texas soil. By day, Spencer is a superintendent for a commercial construction company. By any other time, he’s songwriter and front-man of Grady Spencer & The Work. The Work originally formed in 2013 on the stage of Paradox Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Drummer Blake Sager was joined by bassist Johnny Hatcher in 2016, followed by guitarist Tyler Martin in 2018. The Work’s music reflects its members: honest, good-timing, with a nod to blue-collar roots.
In 2013, the band recorded and self-produced its first album, Sleep, at 1916 Studios in Kyle, Texas, featuring Spencer and Trevor Powell on guitar and vocals, Blake Atwell also on guitar, Sager on drums, and Josh Brandenburg on bass. The album was the band’s first introduction to the Fort Worth music scene. From Sleep, “Things to Do” was eventually picked up by the Fort Worth Visitors Bureau via Tom Martens, and in 2017 the city sent Spencer and The Work to Niles City Sound to re-record and release the track as a single.
The band worked with Magnolia Records and released their next album, The Line Between, in 2016. Spencer’s vocals and guitar were once again accompanied by Powell on guitar and Sager on drums, with Steve Moore on bass, producer Ryan Tharp on guitar, and Cody Culberson singing harmonies. This album carried the band beyond Fort Worth city limits as a following started to crop up across the state and numbers rose on streaming platforms, catapulting The Work to their next album: Celebrate. Celebrate was recorded with Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, Texas and released in 2019.In 2020, Spencer finally quit his 60-hour-a-week day job in construction to focus on his music career full time, and filled up the calendar with tour dates. And then the pandemic hit and locked down the world, including live music everywhere. At the beginning of this year, Grady & The Works self-released their latest album, Wait. But judging from the 10-tracks that populate their latest LP, the wait was clearly worth it.